Maya Angelou taught us many things – like how to be a phenomenal woman and why the caged bird sings. Despite never being a mom herself, the American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist wrote a few wise guidelines for the daughter she never, but might have, had…
- You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
- Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.
- Do not complain.
- Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.
- Never whine. Whining lets a brute know that a victim is in the neighborhood.
- Be certain that you do not die without having done something wonderful for humanity.
For us, motherhood is about more than wise words. A good mother, as Maya Angelou did for many around the world, teaches her children through her day-to-day actions, by being the person she hopes they will grow up to be.
As much as we too hope for our sons and daughters to not be reduced by the events that happen to them, to search for solutions, and to do something wonderful for humanity, we know that more important than hoping, we need to embody these wishes ourselves.
The mothers of our river at Royal Chundu teach us this every day. Through their strength and dedication, they guide us toward being the best versions of ourselves. They verse us in the art of not only being a good mother but also a valuable member of our own families, whatever our role. They are the rainbow in our cloud and as diverse as the colours of a rainbow itself.
These are our mothers…
The Mothers of Royal Chundu as well as the Mothers of Mushekwa, our neighbouring village, and our guest – mothers from all around the world who come to share in the Royal Chundu experience with their families.
Above: Aggie Banda, Mother to our guests as well as her own gorgeous girl, Mwiza.
Above: Tina Aponte, Owner and MD of Royal Chundu, and her beautiful boys who live on the banks beside our lodge, seen above with Mwiza.
Above: Edith Mushekwa, Mother of the Mushekwa village
Above: Mrs Malambo, another village mother
Above: Our guests, mothers and their children who experience the Zambezi together.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers of the world!
Discover more about the child-friendly experience at Royal Chundu in our Children’s Club.